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Noel Bell Fruit Cake

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Ingredients
  All-purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs), sifted
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Ground mace 1 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Butter/Margarine 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Firmly packed light brown sugar 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Eggs 2
  Canned apricot halves 1 Pound, drained and chopped (1 Can)
  Irish whiskey 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Seedless raisins 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Mixed candied fruits 8 Ounce, chopped (1 Container)
  Pecans 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), chopped
  Red candied cherries 8 Ounce, halved (1 Container)
  Green candied cherries 4 Ounce, halved (1 Container)
  Marzipan 6 Ounce (Or As Needed)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 300°F.
2) Lightly grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan.
3) In a blow, sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, mace, and cloves.

MAKING
4) In a bowl, beat butter or margarine with brown sugar until fluffy-light.
5) While still beating add eggs, one at a time.
6) Mix in apricots and whiskey.
7) Whisk in flour mixture until well blended, add raisins, mixed fruits, pecans, and cherries.
8) Transfer the flour into loaf pan and spread top even.
9) Bake in the oven for 2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
10) Allow to cool the cake completely.
11) Using knife loosen the cake around the edges and turn out immediately onto wire racks.
12) Cover the cake in wax paper or foil and store several days to mellow flavors.

FINALIZING
13) On wax paper, roll out the marzipan to a rectangle of 1/4 inch thick.
14) Using a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter cut out 6 small bell shapes.
15) Place the stars on the cake.
16) Pinch off small bits of marzipan trimmings and roll into tiny balls.
17) Arrange the ball onto cake to form clappers for bells.
18) Make 6 thin strands with part of remaining trimmings of marzipan.
19) Twist each of 2 strands together to form a rope and place on cake at too of bells.

SERVING
20) Slice thinly and serve the cake.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Occasion: 
Christmas
Ingredient: 
Cherry
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
45 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
165 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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